Posts Tagged ‘Jazz’

Photos: Tiptons Saxophone Quartet @ An Die Musik

The Tiptons Saxophone Quartet—really a sax quartet plus a drummer—brought its eclectic mix of jazz, world music, and the avant-garde to An Die Musik in Baltimore last night. The all-female group named after Billy Tipton, the biologically female saxophonist who spent his career and adult life identifying as male, played two sets of music far [...]

The Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2009

While jazz's clash with the mainstream was the most intensely debated topic of 2009, it was actually an incredibly fruitful year for the music. The recordings I discuss in the link above were among the best and most exciting; whether or not they ultimately catch commercial fire, their attempts to employ rock and hip-hop aesthetics [...]

Music in Review: Stations of the Crossover

Is jazz doomed?
Since 1982, the median age of jazz listeners has increased from 29 to 46 while diminishing in size by nearly a third, according to a recent National Endowment for the Arts survey. While some argue that those numbers aren't trustworthy, what's clear is that most music listeners consider jazz a relic, a link [...]

Hash Out Your Live Jazz

Seen live jazz lately? got a twitter account? Put the two together: Tweet about your most recent jazz concert experiences, and include the who, the where, and the hashtag #jazzlives.
Some background:
Two and a half weeks ago, Wall Street Journal critic Terry Teachout set the jazz world a-buzzin' with an op-ed entitled "Can Jazz Be Saved?" [...]

Nordic Jazz Week Wraps Up

By its broadest definition, Nordic Jazz Week encompasses five nights, including a show tonight at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage. But Wednesday night at the House of Sweden, in which the big draw was Nils Petter Molvær and Arve Henriksen (pictured above), was treated as a closing night of sorts. The omnipresent threat of rain [...]

Nordic Jazz 09 Lineup Announced

Nordic Jazz Fest, hosted annually by the embassies of Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Denmark, has become Nordic Jazz Week for 2009, featuring an opening performance at the Embassy of Finland on Sunday, June 14, and then two nights of performances at the House of Sweden on June 16-17.
Of note in the lineup are Norwegians [...]

Cuneiform Announces May Releases

A new batch of good shit from Cuneiform Records only comes three times a year, so each time is worth noting. May will see Cuneiform put out:

Led Bib – Sensible Shoes
Miriodor – Avant!
The Ed Palermo Big Band – Eddy Loves Frank
Positive Catastrophe – Garabatos Volume One
Upsilon Acrux – Radian Futura

Let's see. This is all potentially [...]

Excursion to the Left Coast: John Zorn @ Yoshi’s San Francisco

I recently flew across the country to watch a New York musician play a series of concerts in San Francisco. If that doesn't seem to make much sense, consider that downtown legend John Zorn, a recent recipient of the half-a-million-bucks Macarthur "Genius" grant, almost never plays live except in New York City and Europe. [...]

Tonight: Ethnic Heritage Ensemble’s Annual D.C. Show

Transparent Productions is still basically defunct, but it probably shouldn't surprise anyone that the name is being resurrected to accommodate Kahil El'Zabar and his Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, who for the past 8 years have played a Black History Month show in the D.C. area. Last year it was special: a 35th-anniversary extravaganza that included a [...]

Cosmologic: Friday Night Jazz at Pyramid Atlantic

Cosmologic are a four-piece jazz combo and a recent signing to Silver Spring's Cuneiform Records. They fit in well with the rest of Cuneiform's jazz output: stuff that is very recognizably coming from within the jazz tradition, but pushes boundaries in any number of subtle ways. Not really free jazz and certainly not unrestrained collective [...]